It’s party season and the invites are filling up your calendar. As much as you would like to, you can’t possibly by an entire new outfit for each event. You need something versatile. (Plus, something fairly comfortable that you are able to eat a large piece of fruitcake in.) What do you reach for? A black dress. There’s a reason that they’re a party season staple. They’re flattering, eternally chic and you can dress them up with a sparkly necklace and heels, or down with flats, depending on the party. They may be versatile, but that doesn’t mean black dresses have to be boring. Instead of choosing the same fitted shift dress everyone will have on at the party, look for one with a special detail, interesting trim of contrasting textures. They’re just as easy wear. I promise.
Check out 18 black dresses that are anything but boring:
Add a bit of bling–and a pop of color–with this chiffon dress. With all of the embellishment, you don’t need to worry about accessorizing.
A black-and-white print is just as wearable as a plain black dress, but much more eye-catching.
Could this be any more perfect for a holiday party? The embellishment looks like little Christmas lights.
A black lace dress is fairly traditional, but not when you mix a geometric lace with floral and layer it over a sleeveless shift.
Everywhere you look this maxi dress has unique details, from the cutout sides, to the gorgeous open back with lace panels.
If you don’t want to deviate too far from the classic black shift, try this trapeze dress with a beaded strap detail on the back. Make sure you wear your hair up to show it off fully.
Red and gold sparkles are holiday staples. This shimmery black dress has a modern wet -look finish.
The matte and shiny sequins give this dress a sporty vibe, but don’t worry, it’s still dressy enough for any holiday party.
Velvet plus sequins sounds like too much of a good thing, but it works with this simple fitted silhouette.
The sheer panels on the neckline and exposed zipper add a lot of interest, but the contrasting white hem adds another dimension.
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At first this just looks like a basic strapless LBD, but the quirky draped label is a fun twist on a classic blazer design.
This aptly-named Shake It Up dress has vegan leather fringe that is made for dancing.
There is nothing costume-y about this modern update of the flapper dress. Embellishment is just as cool as fringe.
You’d never call this sexy dress boring. The scalloped details and contrasting lining give it a sultry lingerie look.
You don’t need to worry about any jewelry when you wear this black sheath with asymmetric pleating at the neckline.
Cutouts always add interest to a garment, but the open cage detail on the back and front is something different.
You don’t need rhinestones, feathers and lace to stand out. This polka dot print mixed with the low armholes and open back is captivating in a sutble way.
Petite girls, if you’re look for a black dress with a shot of color, this one is for you. The mixed poka dots are clever, and the red adds just the right festive touch.
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